SEASON OF FIRSTS GETS STARTED AT SEBRING FOR PORSCHE GT3 RACERS SEBRING, Fla. March 17 -- The fifth season of the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama gets underway at the Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida March 18-20.
SEASON OF FIRSTS GETS STARTED AT SEBRING FOR PORSCHE GT3 RACERS
SEBRING, Fla. March 17 -- The fifth season of the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama gets underway at the Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida March 18-20. This will be the first year with series sponsor Patron, Yokohama tires and a TV package.
While some things have changed, defending series champion Bob Faieta's goals have not. Faieta, Tujunga, Calif., returns to the series hoping to repeat his 2008 Sebring victory in the Platinum Cup, the class designated for 2008-2009 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.
"I'm going to do the best that I can, just like last year," Faieta said. "Consistency, that's what pays in this series. You have to finish races."
Faieta will face competition from 20 other drivers in the Platinum Cup including 2008 two-time Gold Cup race winner Ross Smith, Dallas, Texas. Smith has made the move to Platinum Cup in 2009.
Melanie Snow, Pleasant Grove, Utah, will again race in the Gold Cup, the class for 2005-2007 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. Last year Snow finished third and fourth at Sebring.
"I want to be consistent again this year like last year," Snow said. "I'd like to have at least one win."
Lloyd Hawkins, New Orleans, La., will also be racing in the Gold Cup. Hawkins finished on the podium in both races at Sebring last year.
Round one of the 2009 Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama takes place Thursday, March 19 at 3:55 p.m. Round two will be at 3:05 p.m. on Friday, March 20.
The Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama features semi-professional drivers racing head to head in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars -- one of the world's most successful race cars - with sealed motors and transmissions. The latest purpose-built race cars, based on the 2009 Porsche 911 body style, have sealed 420 h.p. engines and six-speed sequential transmissions, providing for close racing where the driver's talents are exemplified.